March 16, 2015
Ontario is investing in local mental health and addictions organizations in the Champlain region to provide care closer to home for those who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges. Ontario is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closest available bed.
The Champlain LHIN has invested $2 million in 2014-15 in local communities for high-priority services. Examples of new services that will receive annual (year after year) funding are:
Six new residential withdrawal management beds to help more people with addictions receive the right treatment, when they need it.
Creation of a community-based treatment team to serve people with both a developmental disability and mental health condition (dual diagnosis).
Expanded walk-in counselling services to Aboriginal and immigrant communities, helping individuals manage urgent mental-health issues and emotional challenges.
More support and information provided to parents and caregivers when children, youth and young adults are facing mental health challenges.
The next phase of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy includes $138 million over three years for community agencies to support improvements to mental health and addictions services, through Local Health Integration Networks.
Supporting mental health and addictions services closer to home is part of Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. It is also part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“We have all been touched by mental health and addiction challenges - whether through a friend, a co-worker, a family member or our own experience. By continuing to invest in community services, we’re helping to connect people with the support they need closer to home through settings that are more culturally appropriate and personal. These investments will improve the lives of people experiencing mental illness and addictions challenges - and the families that help care for them.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Investing in local mental health and addictions agencies will make it easier to access services here in the Champlain region. Helping people early and when they need it most will improve the lives of many residents and families living in our communities.”
— John Fraser, MPP, Ottawa South
“One of the Champlain LHIN’s key result areas is to ensure more people with mental health conditions and addictions are connected to the services they need. These new and expanded community programs will improve the health-care experience for so many people across the region. The investments also aim to reduce pressures on the health system, particularly hospital emergency rooms.”
- Chantale LeClerc, CEO, Champlain LHIN
Ontario is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closet available bed. This will mean shorter wait times for care, providing doctors, first responders and emergency departments with up-to-date information about available inpatient beds across the province. Currently, there are 4,700 inpatient mental health beds in more than 80 facilities across Ontario.
Approximately 30 per cent of Ontarians will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse problem at some point in their lifetime, with one out of 40 Ontarians having a serious mental illness.
By 2017, the government will have increased annual funding for mental health and addictions by a total of $172 million since it launched the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy in 2011.
The Champlain LHIN plans, coordinates and funds health services in the following health sectors: addictions and mental health agencies, community support services, community health centres, hospitals, long-term care homes, and the Community Care Access Centre (home care).
Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care.
The next phase of Ontario’s comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy.
Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy.
Find help for people experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, mental health or gambling.
Go to the Champlain LHIN website – www.champlainlhin.on.ca
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